I couldn’t think of a better way to end this busy (but exciting!) week than sharing my interview with Anne Sage, creative force behind the popular blog The City Sage! If you love her blog as much as I do, you find yourself reading through pages and pages of her more-than-entertaining writing and following her OMG-how-fab adventures!
Anne and I chat about favorite places, wardrobe staples and, of course, general fabulousness! Let’s toast to the good life, shall we?!
Robin Baron: Welcome, Anne! Tell me about The City Sage.
Anne Sage: I started The City Sage in May of 2008 when I wanted desperately to work in magazine editorial and needed a creative outlet. Since then my professional life has undergone many permutations, but I’ve always valued both the creative outlet and the community connection that the blog has provided me. Today it is a platform for me to share design musings like this inspiration board for my upcoming apartment makeover, and more recently, to have a space for the serious direction in which I’m taking my writing.
RB: What are your two New Year’s resolutions you know you won’t stick to?
AS: 1) Wear sunscreen every day: I’m already not doing well on this one. I can’t find one that doesn’t sting my eyes! 2) Do the dishes every night before bed: Is there any real harm in doing them every other day? It’s just me in the house, after all…
RB: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?
AS: I’m fascinated by juxtaposition, relationships, and community. I’m always so thrilled by the discoveries and revelations that can occur when two seemingly unrelated concepts or fields are placed next to each other. And by extension, I love to bring together experts from different disciplines, then watch them learn from each other and also realize how much they have in common.
RB: What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
AS: The most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done isn’t something I can reveal publicly. Nor is the second most, for that matter. But the third most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done occurred in college when I spent month’s grocery money on a pair of Gucci bamboo horsebit ballet flats. And thus began my slide down the slippery slope of designer footwear.
RB: If you could go back in time, what century would you want to live in?
AS: How did you know this is my favorite question? It’s a toss-up between 1st-century Britain (I’d make a great Celtic priestess raising hell against the Roman invasion) or 18th-century American Colonies (I’d make a great Patriot raising hell against the British innovation).
RB: What’s your favorite place in your home?
AS: I just moved into a new apartment in Los Angeles after four years in San Francisco and have started with a totally blank slate: no furniture, rugs, accessories, anything. However I do have one cupboard that is impeccably organized with white Heath Ceramics dishes, some vintage glassware, and Altuzarra cocktail glasses from the recent Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration. Sometimes when it feels like I’ll never get settled in my new home, I just open these cupboard doors and take a deep breath.
RB: If you could trade closets with anyone in the world, who would it be?
AS: I wouldn’t want to trade closets with Kate Bosworth, but I would like to add the contents of hers to what I’ve already got in mine.
RB: What are your wardrobe staples?
AS: Dark blue or black hi-rise skinny jeans by J Brand; button-downs with the perfect amount of drape and swing by Bella Dahl; Isabel Marant Dicker Booties; a cheery red Stanna bag from George, Gina and Lucy.
RB: What are your favorite design/fashion/lifestyle blogs?
AS: I’ve actually been taking a break from blog reading lately in an effort to get back to books—and poetry in particular. I recently read Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’ for the first time and can’t get over it. On a contemporary note, the works of Mary Oliver and Michael Ondaatje always resonate with me.
RB: Last but not least, what does fabulous mean to you?
AS: Fabulous means living with courage, and courage means putting your heart into everything. (I’m a big etymology nerd, and I adore the origins of the word courage—it comes from the Latin for ‘with heart’.) So fabulous, to me, means putting feeling into everything you do, in spite of the risks and the fears, and in spite of the blows and defeats that we all will inevitably suffer. My favorite quotation on fabulousness comes from the poet e.e. cummings, who said, ‘It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.’